MANILA — Actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin belied speculation that she intends to run for public office, amid her lauded efforts to bring aid to hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus cases.
Locsin, 35, was asked directly whether she plans to enter public service on Friday, during the live Facebook launch of "Regal Movies At Home."
Locsin's 2006 film with Richard Gutierrez, "I Will Always Love You," is streaming for free under the Regal Films project.
"Public servant naman po kami bilang mga artista, e," Locsin said. "I think 'yung buhay naman namin is very public. Lahat naman 'to ginagawa namin, hindi lang para sa sarili namin, kung 'di gusto namin magbigay ng entertainment sa mga tao."
"Pero, politics? Hindi talaga. Sobrang hindi. Wala sa utak ko 'yun," she stressed.
Hailed as one of Forbes Asia's Heroes of Philanthropy, the 35-year-old actress has earned widespread praise for spearheading #UniTentWeStandPH, a fundraiser that aims to ease overcrowding at hospitals through the setup of quarantine tents for COVID-19 patients.
The Department of Health publicly acknowledged Locsin's efforts, which has also included providing temporary rooms and personal protective gears for frontline workers.
During the Regal Entertainment stream on Friday, Gutierrez counted Locsin as a frontliner, citing her active work that has brought her to numerous hospitals throughout Metro Manila and neighboring provinces.
"Si Angel talaga, she's a true leader. She's a good example, ang dami niyang nai-inspire," he said.